Dating was getting easier and easier for the boys. They were becoming more comfortable with each other with each passing day.
Jim never expected to feel jealousy in this relationship, but that day, he was truly tested.
Blair had gone down to records to pick up some information that he and Jim needed, when he saw Sam. He hadn’t seen her in ages and she looked incredible. Sam walked over to Blair and said, “Would you like to go to lunch today?”
Blair considered it for a moment, because he figured they were just two old friends, and nothing more. But then he thought about his relationship with Jim and that was the end of that.
“No thank you, I’ve already got plans. Thank you anyway,” Blair replied.
“You look terrific, Blair. It’s been a long time since I’ve seen you. Would you like to have dinner and a movie with me this week?” Sam asked, hoping that she wouldn’t get turned down twice in one day.
Rafe was standing behind Sam and Blair knew this was going to be office gossip now. “No, I don’t think I want to go out with you again. Have a good life, Sam.”
As soon as Blair grabbed the records he needed, he left the room and Rafe asked Sam, “Would you like to have dinner with me?”
“Not on your best day, Rafe. I’m going to get Blair to go out with me again if it kills me,” Sam confessed.
“Good luck with that,” Rafe said as he told the girl behind the desk what he needed.
Jim was busy working on the case files when he finally went for a cup of coffee. He figured he would grab one for Blair too. They had both been working really hard, catching up on the heavy case load.
Jim got the doorway of the break room and heard Rafe, “Yeah, she asked him out, but he was playing hard to get. His mouth said no, but his eyes said yes. He looked like he was totally kicking himself afterwards for not going out with Sam again.”
Brown said, “She was sort of an odd person if you ask me. Hairboy’s better off without her.”
Rafe replied, “I agree, but he didn’t look like he was going to just say no forever. You could tell he was stringing her along to see how far he could push her. I mean, the woman is beautiful.”
“She’s short a few crayons in her crayon box, though. I hope he doesn’t go out with her,” Brown stated.
Rafe laughed at his friends joke and said, “I’ll bet you ten bucks, they go out by this weekend.”
“You’re on,” Brown answered happily.
Jim went back to his desk empty handed and sat down. He couldn’t believe it. Did Blair still want to date? They had never discussed it before.
“Hey where is our coffee?” Blair asked.
“If you want coffee so badly, why don’t you get it for yourself?” Jim snapped.
Blair pulled his chair close to Jim’s desk and whispered, “What the fuck is wrong with you?”
“Nothing…Now can we get back to our work?” Jim growled.
“Whatever…” Blair spat out.
The afternoon seemed to go on forever that day. Every time Jim looked at Blair, he was reminded of the fact that they weren’t exclusive, and Jim didn’t have any right to ask Blair to be his alone. They weren’t that serious yet. Maybe Blair needed more then what Jim was giving him.
Blair looked at Jim at that moment that Jim was watching him and he whispered again, “What’s wrong?”
“I told you, there is nothing wrong. I’m done with my work for the day, so I’ll see you later,” Jim said coldly.
Blair stood up and said, “All right, what is going on? I rode in with you; I need to leave at the same time as you.”
“Maybe I need some time alone; did you ever think about that?” Jim responded.
Blair asked, “How do you expect me to get home, man?”
“I’m sure you’ll figure it out. You’ve very resourceful,” Jim answered.
“Fuck you,” Blair said as he got ready to go himself.
Jim walked over to Simon’s office and knocked on the door jam.
“What’s up, Jim?” Simon asked.
“I’m done for the day. I just wanted to let you know that I was leaving,” Jim said.
Simon frowned and said, “Don’t tell me you’re leaving Sandburg to do all of the paperwork?”
“No, he’s done too.”
“Then I’ll see both of you tomorrow morning. Goodnight,” Simon said.
“Goodnight, Simon,” Jim said as he walked out and went right by his desk without saying boo to Blair.
Blair caught up with Jim and got on the elevator with him. The two men didn’t say one word all the way downstairs to the parking garage. Once there Jim started to get into his truck and Blair did too.
“What part of ‘I want to be alone’ did you not understand?” Jim inquired.
“Jim, I’m not letting you treat me like shit without telling me what I did,” Blair said.
“Suit yourself, but I’m not talking to anyone,” Jim ranted.
As Jim took off out of the garage, Blair tried to figure out why Jim was so angry. Finally Blair couldn’t take it any longer and said, “Jim please tell me what’s wrong. This is our first fight and I have to tell you, I’m not that thrilled with it.”
“Then maybe you should have thought about dating other people before you told me you wanted to date me,” Jim said.
“What in the hell are you talking about? I don’t date anyone but you. I don’t want to date anyone but you, so what is the problem?” Blair wondered aloud.
“I heard about Sam today,” Jim admitted, still keeping his eyes on the road.
“And why didn’t you tell me she asked you out?” Jim questioned.
“Probably because I can’t stand her and I told her no,” Blair said angrily.
“You said no?” Jim asked.
“God, you piss me off sometimes. I can’t stand her. Why would I even consider it?” Blair replied.
“You never even considered it? Not even a little bit?” Jim asked.
“Okay, maybe for the first few minutes I was flattered, but after I got over that I remembered she wasn’t a nice person and I’m dating you,” Blair confessed.
“So you don’t want to date her?” Jim asked.
“Did you take a stupid pill today? No, I’m not going to date her. I don’t want to date her. Hell, I don’t even want to see her,” Blair explained.
“I’m sorry for jumping to conclusions,” Jim said sadly.
“Wow, this is our first official fight. I forgive you. Do you forgive me for not telling you?” Blair inquired.
“Yes, I forgive you. I’m sorry I’m such a complainer sometimes,” Jim said.
“I say we go home, fix dinner, eat, clean up and then we watch some tv together and do some groping.”
Jim smiled at Blair and said, “I like that idea a lot.”
“Then I say, let’s get this show on the road and get home. I want our next date to officially start,” Blair ordered.
“Have I mentioned how long I can cuddle and grope?” Jim teased.
“No, but I’m sure I’ll find out soon enough,” Blair joked back.
The men were both smiling like fools by the time they got back to the loft. They were going to have fights, arguments and disagreements from time to time, but they owed it to themselves to make sure they cleared the air right away. That’s what they would have to learn. After all this was all new to them.